Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Treaty Breaker, by Brendan DuBois

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(SF) Janet chairs the governing board for the asteroid 1820 Geographos, so she's on the hook when a mystery vessel shows up, hacks their computers, and docks without permission. (6,220 words; Time: 20m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆, Average
Recommended By: SFRevu:4

"The Treaty Breaker," by , appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact issue 05|16, published on by .

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Pro: It's amusing that the plant-obsessed horticulturist is the one who defeats the invading Russians.

Con: The basic concept is hard to credit. You don't just hide a spaceship launch, and the threat of attacking with an asteroid is difficult to take seriously; moving it would take a very long time, but it wouldn't take long at all to send out a nuclear weapon for a standoff blast.

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